Optimal annual routines: behaviour in the context of physiology and ecology

J.M McNamara, A.I Houston

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Abstract

Organisms in a seasonal environment often schedule activities in a regular way over the year. If we assume that such annual routines have been shaped by natural selection then life-history theory should provide a basis for explaining them. We argue that many life-history trade-offs are mediated by underlying physiological variables that act on various time scales. The dynamics of these variables often preclude considering one period of the year in isolation. In order to capture the essence of annual routines, and many life-history traits, a detailed model of changes in physiological state over the annual cycle is required. We outline a modelling approach based on suitable physiological and ecological state variables that can capture this underlying biology, and describe how models based on this approach can be used to generate a range of insights and predictions.
Translated title of the contributionOptimal annual routines: behaviour in the context of physiology and ecology
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)301 - 319
Number of pages19
JournalPhilosophical Transactions B: Biological Sciences
Volume363
Issue number1490
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2008

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Publisher: Royal Society

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